JAN. 9 “OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD” COLUMN — COMPILED BY PETE TEMPLE, SPORTS/AG EDITOR
The preliminary Dec. 2012 price received in Iowa for corn was $7.00 per bushel, according to the Agricultural Prices Report released by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
This is an increase of $1.22 from December 2011, and a slight drop from the Nov. 2012 price of $7.02.
Soybean prices increased by $3.30 from Dec. 2011, up to $14.60 per bushel.
All hay prices increased $71 to $197 per ton. Alfalfa hay prices rose $78 to $220, and other hay prices increased $52 to $145.
• In other NASS news, the hog and pig count on Iowa farms through Dec. 1 was up three percent from a year ago, at 20.6 million.
As of Dec. 1, producers planned to farrow 500,000 head of sows and gilts in the Dec. 2012 through Feb. 2013 quarter. Farrowing intentions for the following quarter were estimated at 520,000.
Nationally, the inventory was 66.3 million head as of Dec. 1, down slightly from a year earlier.
• The 2013 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa.
The program will focus on topics such as confinement feeding of beef cattle, the future of the cattle industry, water-related topics, forage alternatives and more, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Admission is $15, which includes lunch and a copy of the conference proceedings. No pre-registration is necessary.
For information or to download the conference brochure, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org/events/2013CCCC.pdf.
• Other events that aren’t exactly close to home include the dry manure applicator certification workshops to be held throughout February, using seven different dates and locations.
The closest one to Monticello is Feb. 18 at the Washington County Extension office in Washington, Iowa, starting at 1 p.m.
Other workshops are scheduled for Feb. 5 in Thompson, Feb. 6 in Orange City, Feb. 14 in Ellsworth, Feb. 15 in Clarion, Feb. 19 in Greenfield and Feb. 28 in Storm Lake.
The workshops are held by ISU Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
More information is available at www.extension.iastate.edu.